World Cup aviation security restrictions are now in effect. The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) says the restrictions, previously published by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) as a Notice to Airmen, came into effect last night at 10pm.
In terms of the restrictions, the movement of aircraft within the temporary restricted airspace from two hours before to two hours after every World Cup match is now under the control of the South African Air Force (SAAF).
“All South African aircrew, with the exception of scheduled flights (e.g. by an established airline) or state flights (i.e. police or SAAF aircraft) have to apply to the SAAF for security screening at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of the first flight,” NATJOINTS spokeswoman Brigadier Sally de Beer said. Foreign pilots and aircrew must apply at least seven days prior to the first flight.
“All flights, with the exception of scheduled flights, intending to enter or operate within the temporary restricted airspace must also apply to the SAAF for authorisation of the flight 24 hours before takeoff. Only successfully screened pilots may apply for flight authorisation. Airspace restrictions will be active at specific times as indicated in the AIP published on the Civil Aviation Authority web site, www.caa.co.za. The necessary notices were posted on May 6.”
In addition from 12.30 to 18.30 today no training flights will be authorized within 50 nm (90 km) of the O R Tambo Airport; and all flights, excluding ATNS pre-approved scheduled flights, within 30 nm (54 km) of Soccer City will be approved in exceptional circumstances only. The opening game of the soccer tournament – between SA and Mexico – takes place there this afternoon.
From 19.00 to 22.30 tomorrow no training flights will be authorised within 50 nm (90 km) of the Pilanesberg Airport. All flights, excluding ATNS pre-approved scheduled flights, within 30 nm (54 km) of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium will be approved in exceptional circumstances only. The stadium will be hosting England’s match against the US, with Vice President Joe Biden attending.
Emergency medical flights will be permitted once the aircrew have followed prescribed procedures.
Areas not mentioned in the AIP are not affected by these restrictions.
“These measures are instituted in order ensure that the security forces pilots and aircrew operating within the restricted airspace can do so safely and also to ensure that no aircraft which could jeopardise the security of those on the ground can enter the airspace,” De Beer said.